With incredible food, mind-bending fashion, gracious people and stunning landscapes – it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Japan also has an impressive array of films on offer.
Over the next few months, Australians across a number of cities are going to be treated to delectable mix of both new releases and old classics from the land of sushi and sake with the Japanese Film Festival. Don’t go thinking this will just be an marathon of anime and samurai flicks though. With drama, documentaries, romance, horror and more – there’s going to be something to satisfy film-buffs of all genres.
The festival will kick off with two of Japan’s biggest stars, Ryuhei Matsuda and Aoi Miyazaki in The Great Passage – a gentle, slightly oddball tribute to the world of words. Set in the mid-1990s, before the computer age kicked into overdrive, it follows the story of an anti-social bookworm who lands himself a dream job working on a modern dictionary.
For those horror-buffs who prefer their films with a side of sleepless-nights – there’s no director better equipped to deliver than the original Ring director Hideo Nakata. The festival will feature his latest title The Complex, a terrifying tale of a young nurse haunted by spirits that inhabit her dilapidated apartment building.
If you’re a fan of Japanese action, see one of the films where it all began with The Life and Times of Ichi the Masseur (also known as Tale of Zatoichi). This classic tale from the 50s follows Ichi – a blind, humble masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. There also will be a number of other classic Japanese titles on show at the festival and all will have free admission.
Other standouts include Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s New York Film Festival nominated Real, a spine-chilling journey between subconscious and reality. Based on a journalist’s reportage, Reunion is another film to be remembered, taking a sober look into the immediate 10 days following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The festival closes of with Fruits of Faith, an adaptation of the bestselling novel Miracle Apples which Yoko Ono herself famously proclaimed as a ‚Äòrevolution’. Based on a true story, it follows a bumbling farmer from the Aomori Prefecture on his decade-long quest to produce the perfect organic apple.
To celebrate the 17th Festival, we’re giving you the chance to win one of ten double passes. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‚ÄòJapanese Film Festival giveaway’, include your name and address and tell us in 25 words or less which film from this year’s line-up you’re most looking forward to seeing and why.
Competition closes 3pm Friday 4 October.
For tickets and more information on the other films of the Japanese Film Festival 2013 visit the website here.
| Broome 17 Sep – 18 Sep | Hobart 13, 14 & 16 Oct | Brisbane 16 Oct – 20 Oct | Perth 23 Oct – 27 Oct | Townsville 26 Oct | Canberra 30 Oct – 3 Nov | Cairns 3 Nov | Sydney 14 Nov – 24 Nov | Melbourne 28 Nov – 8 Dec | Darwin TBC |